St. Lucie County licensed teen drivers can improve their defensive driving skills by taking the “Teen Driver Challenge” on January 24 and 26, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“The number one killer of American teenagers is car crashes,” said Sheriff Mascara. “That is why the Sheriffs of Florida developed the Teen Driver Challenge Program.”
The course will take place Thursday, January 24 with a classroom session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4700 West Midway Rd. Fort Pierce, and a hands-on driving session Saturday, January 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road.
Classes are free, but space is limited. Details and registration forms are on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website, under “Community Programs”, at http://www.stluciesheriff.com.
Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at (772) 462-3607.
Completed forms should be returned to: Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or faxed to: (772) 462-3615.
If the registration is faxed, the teen driver must bring the original copy of the registration to the first class.
The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.
Forest Grove Middle School is excited to share that the Forest Grove SUPERIOR Chorus BROUGHT IT for a third time at the Holiday Music Festival in Universal Studios on Friday! They won 1st Place for Middle School Choir then took top honors as GRAND CHAMPION for Middle School Vocal Performance overall! What a great day!
Please join us at our WINTER CONCERT on Thursday at Ft. Pierce Central High School at 6:30 p.m. to see this dynamic choir in action!
Are you a classroom teacher that is interested in learning about the Microsoft Office tools available to utilize in your classroom? Would you like to become Microsoft Innovative Educator certified? If so, Technology Tuesdays is for you! Tech Tuesday will take place every other Tuesday beginning January 29 via Skype. A quick orientation will be held January 15!
Log into Frontline to learn more and to register for this Course! The Session Code: 002-3003001 Session:128
You can watch an all new Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker on YouTube. Also, you can watch a new #BuildAFuture – Career and Technical Education hosted by Leinitia Robinson along with a new Speakers Bureau featuring Dr. Rafael Sanchez on YouTube and television. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
Northport Breakfast With Santa was a wonderful success. Big thank you to the PTO and everyone who came out to school to make it a special occasion for the children. 🎄 ❤ Principal, Glenn Rustay and Assistant Principals Lisa Cash and Mehgan Drost got right into the spirit of the holiday season. Pictured: Northport administrators and the Tredor family.
Larry Kaskey and his 7th grade Northstar students at Northport are having fun and learning about how to build a working volcano. Great hands-on lessons! The students are loving the lessons and being outside on this glorious day!
Southport Middle School students have been working on a number of service projects this year. For their service project, the Hawks team chose to raise funds and collect donations to benefit Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce.
As part of the service learning project, the students have been collecting blankets, food, toys, etc. to donate to the sanctuary. In addition, each month students have been finding ways to raise money in hopes of adopting a chimp. At the end of the year they are planning be make piñatas and stuff them with tasty treats for the chimps. Pictured is Charles Medwick with a box of donations he brought from home.
According to the Save the Chimps website, there are nearly 250 retired chimpanzees that live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands and a donation of $300 will provide one week of care for an adopted chimp. This complete care includes three fresh and nutritious meals of fruits and vegetables daily, loving care from the staff, maintenance of their beautiful island homes, and enrichment activities to fulfill their lives.
On November 28, Mariposa Elementary had an assembly to honor men and women who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States Military. Our students were encouraged to invite a family member or friend who is a Veteran or currently serving to attend this assembly.
During the program, a group of Veterans came to speak to the students. Mr. Chad Guess had his Mariposa Marching Band Drumline put on an amazing performance. Also, fifth grader Arbenz Jocelyn shared his essay about Veterans. Students truly enjoyed learning about patriotism and service and were extra excited when they found out that Amvets Post 15 donated a U.S flag to every student at Mariposa Elementary!
In February, the Veterans will be returning to Mariposa Elementary to present in individual classes. Students love to hear the Veterans’ life stories and the students have so much to learn from them.
We are so thrilled to announce our Student of the Month for November. Students are selected for being a good friend, improving their attitude, standing up for someone else, being a good citizen and many other reasons. Students are selected by their teachers and sometimes, by a class consensus. We are so proud of these kids! Many thanks to all our parents who attended the Student of the Month. We celebrate our students’ accomplishments as often as possible. Pictured are the Lira family attending Student of the Month for Jorge and Brian Lira.
On Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, 2018, many cadets led by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky, along with Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon Mathews, and Cadet Private Heaven Savinon, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, Cadet Corporal Ashley Armendarez, Cadet Master Sergeant Max Marrero, Cadet Private Damien Borkowski, volunteered to help the St. Lucie County Fire District in the Annual Big Heart Brigade. Our cadets accompanied numerous volunteers from the community in preparing meal boxes to be distributed to those who would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
Palm Pointe’s Junior Beta members attended the Florida State Beta Convention in Orlando this week. The National Beta Organization is a service based group that focuses on cultivating the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among students. This organization celebrates students who strive to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Students competed in individual and group competitions against other Beta chapters. Our Palm Pointe students placed in 17 different competitions and Laney Keys, one of our 7th grade students, was elected Beta Vice President for the State of Florida. Students placing in these competitions include: Elementary Fiber Arts- Runner Up Third Place, Victoria Zaravellis; Third Place Elementary Drawing, Isabella Perez; Runner Up Elementary Language Arts, Victoria Zaravellis; Runner Up-Elementary Creative Writing, Sebastian Rebelo; Runner Up- Elementary Speech, Gavin Lunsford; Champion – Elementary Social Studies, Gavin Lunsford; Runner Up-Elementary Book Battle, Alyx Hanley, Isabella Perez, and Victoria Zaravellis; Champion- Elementary Science, Jocelyn Hatfield; Runner Up Elementary Technology, Benjamin Arisi; Third Place- Elementary 2D Design, John Bouris; Runner Up-Junior Mixed Media Ava Borgella; Runner Up Junior Science, Josslyn Withrow; Third Place Junior Speech, Dominique Thomas; Runner Up Junior Engineering, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, Addison Moore, and Ava Borgella; Champion- Junior Robotics, Ava Brogella, Josslyn Withrow, Rihanna Garcia, Addison Moore, Ashwin Dhar, and Avis Khatiwada; Champion Junior Service Learning, Ava Borgella, Alexia Morgan, Dominque Thomas, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, and Elizabeth Chavez-Munden; Florida Junior Beta Vice President, Laney Keys.
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 Creative Arts Magnet School where students thrive academically and artistically through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.
Click on the link below to read an article about the school’s performing arts hall.
I have a fun story opportunity that I thought you might be interested in. It’s happening this Thursday at Fort Pierce Westwood and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies and again on Friday at Oak Hammock K-8 and Windmill Point Elementary.
The zSpace virtual reality school bus will be parked outside of our scheduled schools so teachers, students, and members of our community can hop aboard and learn about the human heart or hold a 3D butterfly in their hands!
St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that on November 20, 2018, School Board Attorney Dan Harrell swore into office three re-elected School Board Members. The District welcomes the continued leadership of Debbie Hawley (District 1), Dr. Donna Mills, (District 3) and Troy Ingersoll (District 5). The three Board Members unite with members Carol Hilson (District 2) and Kathryn Hensley (District 4).
Also, in the November 20th School Board Organizational Meeting, Mrs. Debbie Hawley was elected Chairman and Mrs. Kathryn Hensley was elected Vice Chairman. Congratulations, Mrs. Hawley and Mrs. Hensley!
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, our male and female Raider Teams competed at South Fork High School Area 3 Regional Raider Meet. Each team competed in all five events including rope bridge, obstacle course, cross country rescue, tire flip, and team run for the male and female teams.
Area 3 Regional Raider Meet is the biggest Raider Meet of the season; it determines which team moves on to the FL State Finals. In the team run, our male team placed third; in rope bridge, we placed second; in cross country rescue, we placed first; in obstacle course, we placed second; and in tire flip, we placed in second. In team run, our female team placed first; in rope bridge, we placed in second; in cross country rescue, we placed in first; in the obstacle course, we placed in second; and in tire flip, we came in second. Overall our male and female teams both ranked in second place out of the eleven local schools that attended.
WPBF Meteorologist Britley Ritz did it again! She brought a storm of excitement to students at St. Lucie West K-8 during a special weather lesson. Britley helped students understand weather systems and answered the many interesting questions ranging from what it takes to be a meteorologist to detailed inquiries about hurricanes.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful and the City of Port St. Lucie in partnership with several City departments (Communications Department, Neighborhood Services Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, and the Utilities Department), Waste Pro, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and St. Lucie Public Schools kicked off the Buddy Bench project!
Three local schools are participating in this initial phase: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock and West Gate K-8 Elementary. The Boys & Girls Club kids at these locations are the project’s Ambassadors. They will be assisting with promoting and with the sorting and weighing of the caps collected.
Each school will need to attain a goal of 200 pounds of caps for their Buddy Bench. Once the goal has been reached, the caps will be shipped to Green Tree Plastics where they will be exchanged for the Buddy Benches. These first three Buddy Benches are sponsored by Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, Neighborhood Services Department, and the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
For each Buddy Bench placed, we will conduct a ceremony and this project will conclude at our Caring Community Cleanup & Celebration Day scheduled for April 20, 2019 where the success of the project’s journey will be celebrated.